L’Arche looking to open more doors for disabled people in Bognor

Hugh Campkin, community leader and director of L'Arche in Bognor, right, and Bennie Pieters, showing the plans for the forthcoming conversion of part of the building  to MP Nick Gibb, and  Jo Hartley, resident. Picture by Kate Shemilt ks16000814-1 SUS-160807-184459008
Hugh Campkin, community leader and director of L'Arche in Bognor, right, and Bennie Pieters, showing the plans for the forthcoming conversion of part of the building to MP Nick Gibb, and Jo Hartley, resident. Picture by Kate Shemilt ks16000814-1 SUS-160807-184459008

A charity is appealing for help to open even more doors for people with disabilities.

L’Arche Bognor Regis officially launched its 2016 appeal at an event on Friday.

Resident Fred Stone, showing the garden at L'Arche to visitors Michael and Jean Etheridge.ks16000814-2 SUS-160807-184524008

Resident Fred Stone, showing the garden at L'Arche to visitors Michael and Jean Etheridge.ks16000814-2 SUS-160807-184524008

It first opened in the town in 1978 and provides residential care, supported living and popular day services, helping people with and without learning disabilities to live and work together.

The charity is aiming to build a two-bedroom self-contained flat at its premises in Hawthorne Road, to grant two of its members greater independence.

Members are also raising funds for a garden project.

“These improvements will cost about £175,000 and L’Arche is thrilled by the enthusiastic response from private trusts, foundations, family and friends,” said volunteer fundraiser Mandie Chant. “Over £160,000 has now been raised.

“This leaves a shortfall of about £15,000 which L’Arche Bognor Regis still need to raise. We are looking for support from people living and working in the local area to support the appeal as the works are programmed to start in the autumn.”

The launch event on Friday was attended by families, friends of L’Arche including MP Nick Gibb, councillor Phil Woodall and members of Bognor Regis Rotary Club.

Mr Gibb said: “The work that L’Arche do to support people with learning difficulties, to provide them with a home and with a community, is inspiring.”

L’Arche is holding a raffle, prizes including two tickets to Goodwood Revival and for bank holiday horse racing.

Anyone able to help with the appeal or raffle should call 01243 863426 or email fundraiser.bognor@larche.org.uk

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